Saturday, August 22, 2009
Festival of Quilts Part 2
Did I write in my last post that at this year's FOQ I did more socialising than anything else? Well it's quite true and I spent far less than usual. Above are the only items I bought. Some lovely Collinette yarns from Myfanwy of Winifred Cottage who had some lovely things for sale on her stand. A new stamp from Laura at Trapsuutjies. I like making my own stamps, so when I see one that I like and know I would find difficult to create I buy it. I was tempted to spend much more here. I must share this with you. If it hadn't been for Laura and Annette I would have missed seeing Pat, a very good friend from Hartfordshire. They mistook her for me and told me I had a double and as they pointed to her, we both recognised each other. Conincidence or fate?
I bought some Golden Moulding Paste from Ario : Art and craft supplies because I want to create some of the work shown in Carol and Lynda's book Stitching the Textured Surface. And a video which I could have done without perhaps because I loved Russian 's lovely work. A last minute decision before leaving for home. I missed seeing a few blogging friends that I wanted to meet, but there's always next year. But I did have a nice chat at the Computer Textile Design Group stand which is well worth a visit. I loved meeting Ann and Cathy again so soon after our course together. I also had a chat with Angie Hughes and Marie Roper who were tutors on the course.
There are not as many photos to share as last year as I preferred to keep up with my friends and listen to what they had to say about all the quilts. It's also very difficult to take good photos as there are so many people around. These are by no means my only favourites, but photographed for a reason.
The above quilt was made by Leisbeth Williams from Anglesey in North Wales and this quilt was inspired by field patterns. I have posted about Leisbeth here. She had her own 'City and Guilds' stand at the show as did another North Wales lady Christine Jones, who is a member of the North Wales Embroiderers' Guild. I'm sorry not to have met Christine there and have no photos of her wonderful work to share either.
I really did love this quilt, which I think was made by Helen Godden, Canberra, Australia. It's called Mother Earth. The catalogue description says it's bleach painted on black cotton to reaveal rich terracotta colours. Extensive machine stitching captures every decorative detail.
The following quilts appealed to me because they have circles in them.
This is a detail of the above quilt. Isn't it just perfect? After studying the catalogue, I think ths quilt is made by Liz Harding, member of the Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen?, Cirencester and is called Colour in the Dark. I apologise if I'm wrong.
Addition to this post. My sincere apologies to Therese Keppens, Françoise said in a comment on this post...Hi Mags. It was so nice meeting you in Birmingham.
The first quilt with the circles was made by Therese Keppens from Belgium. It's called "Graduated Colours". Thanks for letting me know Francoise.
I loved the circles here and particularly the colours.
I had to take a photo of this lovely quilt by C. June Barnes. I bought her book last year at the FoQ. It just happened to have circles on too.
This is a very tiny piece of the quilt made by Birgit Schueller from Germany according to my catalogue. It depicts a nice cup of hot chocolate or latte macchiato served in a cozy cafe. There are circular holes here and there, I'm not sure if they show in this little sample and these add to the feeling.
This quilt used metalic organza, folded and presses between two pieces of card if I remember correctly.
The work in the exhibiton shows the artistic creativity, skill, dexterity and hard work of hundreds of women from all over the world.